Nanyuki, December 18, 2017 Laikipia governor Ndiritu Muriithi has launched a spot award programme to recognize public servants who have demonstrated exemplary performance.
The programme is based on the belief that organizational performance is the sum total of individual performance.
“I want a motivated, self-directing workforce. I want people with fire in the belly…individuals who are eager to create positive change and who want to build the greatest county with the best quality of life undeterred by existing challenges,” the governor said while presenting cheques to 14 such county employees.
Among the county employees who were rewarded were those who went out of their way to enroll the highest numbers of households to NHIF and registering farmers to contract farming.
Two employees were rewarded for grading more than 100 kilometres of road between Nanyuki- and Loniek within four days ahead of the amateur Fun Race on November 25.
Accompanied by his deputy John Mwaniki, the county chief said spot awards is a best practice the world over and even in high performing corporations.
“It’s our way of saying well done to high performers. It is not intended to reward average performance while the citation must show very clearly where the staff member has gone beyond the call of duty, or performed that duty at such high level of efficiency, or achieved such high level of results, that it is not ordinary,” he said.
The governor said the county’s 1,862 strong work force is large enough to transform the county.
We want you to be proud to be a public servant in Laikipia. But remember a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Do not be the weak link!
“We want you to be proud to be a public servant in Laikipia. But remember a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Do not be the weak link!”
Mr Muriithi said all appointments, promotions, reassignments, or any other personnel action will from now on be accompanied by performance targets so that staff can be clear of what is expected of them.
He urged county workers to keep simple rules: “We keep time; we keep our promises; we under promise and over deliver and, we are here to provide a service. We must walk the talk.”
The governor said the destiny of the people of Laikipia and future generation rests on the shoulders of county workers.
‘So ask yourself this. Why are you here, in this public service, at this
time? Are you proud of the work that you do? Are you the best in the world at what you do? If this was your business, would you employ yourself? Would you employ your co-worker? If you were an outsider judging the performance of this service, what grade would you pronounce?” he posed.
Mr Mwaniki urged county workers to use the Christmas holiday to decide which side of the divide they want to be in the coming year; performers or non-performers.
He said separation with those who do not perform will be real because the new administration has a mandate to deliver.
The deputy governor said county government will continue to support and improve the environment for workers to deliver with a view to keeping Laikipia ahead of other counties in terms of public service delivery. GPS-Laikipia